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Sample Research Project in the Context of a Freshman Writing Course Prepared by Steve Tollefson, College Writing Programs, UC Berkeley, 2005 Includes Final Research Paper, Annotated Bibliography and Reflection on the Process Internalizing Dead Kings and Ambiguous Art Marian Feldman has been a member of the UC Berkeley faculty for the last seven years and is currently Assistant Professor in the Near Eastern Studies Department. She has published two articles, two reviews, and is in the editing process of her first book. The publications reveal Feldman’s process of internalizing her academic interests by the stylistic differences between the articles. In her professorial career thus far, Feldman has donned various roles as art historian, archaeologist, professor and writer. This paper provides insight as to how Feldman’s personality and different aspects show through in her writing and by changes in her writing over the course of her publishing career thus far. As I enter my first college class, my attention goes to Professor Feldman, a tall, slender woman in a loose pearl blouse with black dress pants. The combination of her graceful stance and scholarly presence distinguishes her already from the chaos of the lecture room. The calm demeanor spreads through the room as she gradually turns the lights down low, signaling the beginning of lecture, and gives life to the art historian’s companion, the slide projector. Her slow and steady speech is punctuated by inflections at nearly every other word and reflects her scholarly presence. She picks her words carefully and you can sense the moment’s thought before each. Her precisely chosen words make each one valuable as I frantically try to catch them all. Feldman incorporates her elevated vocabulary in daily speech and lecture, requiring that I form my own vocabulary list: mélange, koine, cache, lingua franca, etc.
The Luther Rice University & Seminary Manual of Style has been designed as a supplement to Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 7th ed., rev. Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007), for use at LRU. Turabian should be consulted for matters not addressed in this manual. There are some LRU faculty members that have contributed in one way or another to the production of this manual. In particular, Dr. James M. Kinnebrew, Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Theology, and his wife, Mrs. Sandra Kinnebrew, deserve special mention for producing the university’s first research and writing guide, Your Simple Guide to the Sample Research Paper: An LRS Primer to Writing Turabian Style (2003), of which forms the majority of the first edition of the LRU Style Manual. At one time or another, Smith Library staff have contributed to sections 2 – 4. Originally separate published documents, these guides have helped students over the last decade avoid the pitfalls of plagiarism and citation mistakes. We thought it appropriate to incorporate this valuable information in this first edition. The contributor to the sample research paper contained herein, often referred to as “that hell paper” (further description of this contribution is contained in Dr. Kinnebrew’s introduction) is former LRU student Marvin M.P. Mullins, who graciously gave permission for its use.
A cover letter introduces you to an employer. It includes your qualifications for the job, your resume for applying, and a request for an interview. E-mail is acceptable, and the letter itself is in the body of the e-mail message. U.S. mail hard copies are acceptable as well – Hard copy should match the look of your resume (same heading, font, margins, and paper). SHOULD I EMAIL OR SEND HARD COPIES VIA THE MAIL? E-mail is acceptable, and the letter itself is in the body of the e-mail message. U.S. mail hard copies are acceptable as well – Hard copy should match the look of your resume (same heading, font, margins, and paper). WHAT’S IN A COVER LETTER ? Cover letters should do the following: – Be customized to the job opportunity and / or the employer – Be personalized when possible – Explain how you heard about the job opportunity – Highlight and summarize your related qualifications – Explain why you are interested in the job opportunity or the employer – Ask for an interview.Lets say, you’ve found a job that you really want, and you have a dynamite resume to send. A cover letter is a very effective way to let the employer know WHY you are writing and WHY you’re qualified for the position. This one step may give you a “leg up” on the competition.
Dear Contact Name, Re: [Job position applying for] Enclosed please find a copy of my resume in response to the [name of job] position as advertised in [where you saw the advertisement] on [date of ad] 2007. I have [name 3 HARD skills you have]. While working at [name of past employer/experience], I [give specific example of one of the hard skills and how you gained/used the skill]. I am also [name 3 SOFT skills]. When working at [name of past employer/experience], I [give specific example of one of the soft skills and how you used that skill]. I would appreciate the opportunity of an interview. Please contact me at [your phone number]. Thank you for your kind consideration of my application. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Signature Your Name Encl.
Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. Last Name: (2 spaces) This is the "why I am writing to you" paragraph . . . immediately tell the employer the position for which you want to be considered and what makes you the best candidate for that position. If you are responding to a job ad, be sure to reference the name of the publication and the date the ad appeared. Also, if you have been referred, include that person’s name and their relationship to you. Short paragraph (2-3 sentences). (2 spaces) This is the "why I am qualified" paragraph which briefly highlights and details some of your most relevant experience and qualities as they relate to the job for which you are applying. Detail how you could contribute to the company and relate your experience and skills to the specific job qualifications. TIP: Pick 2-3 points you want to make and provide specific examples to support those points. This is the longest paragraph of the letter (you may break it into 2 paragraphs if it looks too lengthy. (2 spaces) This is the "back to business" paragraph which gets back to your reason for writing. Refer to your enclosed resume, request an interview, let the reader know what will happen next (you will contact them, etc.) and thank the reader for his/her time and consideration. You should give your phone number in this paragraph (how to reach you). (2 spaces)
First and Last Name of the Person to whom you are writing Their Street Address City, ST Zip Salutation Body Dear Mr./Ms. Full Name: You do not want to indent when you are using this format. This is the best format to use when you are writing a persuasive letter. You want to introduce yourself and the topic you are writing about to the reader. Remember that the first rule of writing is to know your audience. In a persuasive letter, you state your opinion or your feelings about something that is important to you after you have introduced yourself. You must sound as professional and passionate as possible. You do not want to belittle the reader or they will not finish reading your letter. Your letter needs to have the facts, reasons, and examples to support your position. Address issues that your reader may have in their argument. In a second paragraph, you must have solutions. Without solutions, you are only complaining. Offer assistance in solving the problem. Remind the reader where they can contact you. Sincerely yours, Signature A. Student http://www.scholastic.com
27 April 2012 Dear Mr Lennon I am writing to express my interest in the ............... position that is currently available with your company. I appear to be a perfect match for this role which was recently advertised on the www.dayjob.com website. My passion for the ......... sector is equally matched by my experience in it, and I am confident that I can help your company meet any challenges it faces in the future. I am presently employed as a ............... with................., where I have gained a reputation not only for my impressive work rate and integrity but also for my ................. skills. The attached resume will provide a more complete overview of my accomplishments. However what it may not show is that I am a self motivated individual, who is able to perform well under pressure & who can bring to the table solid capabilities in areas such as ............, & ................. Currently I am looking to join an exciting and ambitious organisation such as yours, therefore I would like to arrange an interview with you so I can explain in more detail the contribution I can make to your company. I appreciate you taking the time to review my credentials and I would like to thank you for your time and consideration. Yours sincerely Winston Wilson 123 Made Up Street Birmingham, B11AA 8RJ T: 0044 121 638 0026 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
16th February 2012 Dear Mr Gordon I am writing to express my interest in the Solicitors position listed on www.dayjob.com. Since 2008, I have served as a solicitor for Acton Lawyers, where I have been repeatedly recognized for my legal services, competency in looking after a client’s interests and my professional conduct. I am responsible for private client work including; conveyancing, probates and wills, and also regularly assist with promotion and marketing activities. All of this experience has provided me with the opportunity to witness and understand the critical role that solicitors play in ensuring justice for all parties in need of representation. I possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and a pleasant, assertive manner. Good at problem solving skills, I am able to handle a high workload, am results orientated with a good commercial acumen. My skills along with a strong sense of professional integrity have contributed significantly to my past achievements. Over time I have learned to be both efficient and diplomatic and can handle a number of different tasks at the same. As an ambitious and capable individual I firmly believe that my expertise in almost every corner of the legal profession would add significant value to a company as supportive of innovative solutions and the justice system as yours is. I would appreciate the opportunity to join an esteemed and reputable legal firm such as yours. Once you have had an opportunity to review my attached resume, please contact me if you have any questions or to arrange an interview. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future. Yours sincerely Mark Morrison LLB (Hons)
Example Letter of Support: February 1, 2006 Ms. Mary E. Wilfert NCAA CHOICES Program P.O. Box 6222 Indianapolis, Indiana 46206-6222 Dear Ms. Wilfert: It is my pleasure write a letter in support of the proposal (name) being submitted to the CHOICES Program by our (name dept) at Albion College. Something here about writer’s relationship/knowledge of situation and how project/program will impact it. In conclusion, I fully support the efforts of the (Dept) as they seek external funding to support a program designed to (whatever you are targeting). EX “Any programs that can help our students make better decisions about drinking and its consequences will benefit our students, campus, and the community at large.” In other words, you need a very concise and strong closing summary statement. Sincerely, (original signature “John Doe” here) John Doe Vice President for Student Affairs
We are very pleased to offer you a position as a Postdoctoral (appointment type) with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in the department of __________________, effective _______. You will be responsible for _______. (See also attached list of general responsibilities for postdoctoral appointees.) Your appointment period will be from_______to________ with an initial salary of $_______. You will be paid on a bi-weekly basis and have the option for direct deposit. You will be eligible to participate in UNH's annual salary increase program based on your faculty mentor's recommendation, consistent with sponsor and University System of New Hampshire (USNH) salary increase guidelines and availability of funds. The terms and conditions of your employment will be governed by applicable University System and UNH policies. See www.usnh.edu/olpm/ This job offer and start date are contingent upon successful completion of the background check process. You will receive an email from the background check vendor, HireRight, with instructions to complete the background check process. Please respond to this request at your absolute earliest as the background check can take up to two weeks to process. This offer is also contingent upon your availability to be legally employed in the United States. The I-9 and W-4 forms must be completed prior to your first day of employment. Acceptable I-9 documentation must be presented to (Person, Department, Location) for verification.